Practical Theology

Between people and communities

Practical Theology focuses on the manifestation of Christianity in the lives of individuals, the Orthodox church (and other religious communities) and society as well as their mutual interaction.
Practical Theology is divided into various disciplines, such as the following:

  • Liturgical Theology, i.e. the study of worship, services and rituals
  • Homiletics, i.e. the study of sermon and religious discourse
  • Pastoral Theology, i.e. the study of the practices of spiritual care and pastoral counselling
  • Canon Law and Church Administration, i.e. the study of church organisation and the realisation of church membership conditions
  • the Pedagogy of Religion, i.e. the study of education and teaching related to religion
  • Church art, i.e. the study of the forms and theological content of Christian iconography

An academic subject of many opportunities

Orthodox Practical Theology introduces students to the theology, forms, implementation, structure and meaning of services and rituals. Research objects also include the language, translations and theology of service texts.

Research on sermons and speeches enables students to learn about the teaching and homiletics in the early church. An object of study may also be the content, structure and target of Christian communication through new modern media.

Students can also study topics related to pastoral theology, such as youth work, pastoral counselling at a hospital and a prison, diakonia work and the theology of pastoral counselling.

Canon law examines the practical organisation of the Christian church, its contents, its background and possible application on church administration both before and now.

The Pedagogy of Religion introduces students, for example, to Christian formation and teaching that take place at home, in religious communities and at school. The subject also examines the development of an individual and questions related to adopting a world view and an individual’s religious attitudes.

Orthodox iconography introduces students to studies related to various expressions of church art, such as icons and church architecture.

 

Introduction to practical theology studies

Orthodox Practical Theology is an extensive academic subject that includes various topics. Up-to-date information on courses and course descriptions are available in WebOodi.  Master of Theology degree includes the following studies:

Studies for a Bachelor of Theology degree

Basic studies, line A and B
Introduction to Liturgical Theology, 5 ECTS
Pastoral Theology, 2 ECTS
Pedagogy of Religion and Homiletics, 5 ECTS

Basic studies, line C
Introduction to Liturgical Theology, 5 ECTS

Practical theology major subject studies, line A 

Basics of Methodology, 1 ECTS
Information skills in theology , 1 ECTS
Methodology and Undergraduate Seminar, 4 ECTS
Bachelor's Thesis (Practical Theology), 6 ECTS
Maturity Test for Master's Degree (Practical Theology), 0 ECTS
Mandatory Thematic Studies, 8 ECTS

In addition, the degree contains optional theological studies, 16 ECTS.

Practical theology major subject studies, line B

Basics of Methodology, 1 ECTS
Information skills in theology , 1 ECTS
Methodology and Undergraduate Seminar, 4 ECTS
Bachelor's Thesis (Practical Theology), 6 ECTS
Maturity Test for Master's Degree (Practical Theology), 0 ECTS
Mandatory Thematic Studies, 4 ECTS

In addition, the degree contains optional theological studies, 4 ECTS.

Master's degree studies

Practical theology major subject students, line A (80 ECTS credits)
Methodological and Supporting Studies, 4 ECTS
Methodology and Graduate Seminar, 10 ECTS
Specific Topics in Practical Theology, 20 ECTS
Advanced Courses in Practical Theology, 16 ECTS
Master's Thesis, 30 ECTS
Maturity Test for Master's Degree, 0 ECTS

Practical theology major subject students, line B (60 ECTS credits)
Methodological and Supporting Studies, 4 ECTS
Methodology and Graduate Seminar, 10 ECTS
Specific Topics in Practical Theology, 8 ECTS
Advanced Course in Practical Theology, 8 ECTS
Master's Thesis, 30 ECTS
Maturity Test for Master's Degree, 0 ECTS

 

Practical theology postgraduate studies

It is possible to select Practical Theology as the major subject in postgraduate studies (Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters) that aim at a Doctor of Theology degree.

More information on postgraduate studies is available on the Philosophical Faculty’s website on postgraduate education.

 

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